Feb. 27, 2006
CINCINNATI, OH - Saint Joseph's visits Xavier on Tuesday, Feb. 28, riding a three-game winning streak as it closes out the regular season. The game is the last of SJU's school-record eight national television appearances this season, with the telecast on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30.
The Hawks closed out the home portion of the schedule with a 70-39 win over Richmond on Saturday. SJU, a 13-12 and 7-7 in the A-10, moved above the .500 mark for the first time since Feb. 4. The game is crucial to the Atlantic 10 Tournament seedings as the Hawks are currently tied for seventh place in the league standings. Xavier is 17-8 on the year and 8-6 in the conference.
The game will also be broadcast on the Saint Joseph's Sports Network via SportsTalk 950 (WPEN-Radio), with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action.
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SJU ends the regular season on Saturday, March 4 at Duquesne.
SAINT JOSEPH'S NOTES: SENIOR SALUTE: SJU seniors had a memorable "Senior Day", going out with a win, the 90th of their careers on Hawk Hill. Fittingly, Chet Stachitas and Dwayne Lee led the way with 11 points apiece in the 70-39 win over Richmond.
CHARTING CHET: Chet Stachitas reached the 1000-point milestone vs. Fordham, but did it the hard way. Heading into the game, he needed just 6 points, but it took longer than expected. He took an elbow to the lip in the first half and played only six minutes before leaving the game to get five stitches. Stachitas returned at the start of the second half and wasted no time in getting the mark - he hit a 3-pointer at 18:31 and then made his next shot, a 3-pointer at 17:46 to reach the milestone. The senior didn't score the rest of the way, so his total stood at 1,000 until he had 11 vs. Richmond. He became the 44th player in Hawk history to achieve the feat and the fourth to reach the milestone in consecutive years, matching Pat Carroll ('05), Delonte West ('04) and Jameer Nelson ('03).
FINALLY FOR FERG: Phil Martelli has often said that he expects Rob Ferguson to be a double-figure scorer. And after lingering just below the 10-point mark all season, Ferguson had a 10.0 average after scoring 13 points vs. Fordham. He dipped back down to 9.9, but the sophomore has notched double figures in 11 games.
SNAP OUT OF IT: Against Fordham, Abdulai Jalloh broke out of a slump, posting a game-high 23 points, shooting 6-for-9 from the field, 9-for-10 from the foul line and making both 3-point attempts. In the previous four games, he was shooting just 14-for-49 (28.5%) from the field and 2-for-22 (9%) from 3-point range. In SJU's 13 wins, Jalloh has scored double figures in 11.
STREAK ENDER: With GW clinching the A-10 regular-season title, SJU's streak of five straight regular season crowns came to an end. The Hawks were striving to become the first team in Atlantic 10 history to win six consecutive regular-season titles is in jeopardy. SJU's mark stands tied with the UMass teams from 1991 to 1996.
GOING OUT IN STYLE: As his career is winding down, Dwayne Lee has put together three straight double-figure scoring games. He's averaged 10.7 pts and 3.7 assists in the past three contests.
FOR THE DEFENSE: Phil Martelli has praised the Hawk defense and said it's been solid all season long. "The defensive effort has been outstanding and that's what this team has done all year, they've paid attention to the defensive game plan. And that enables us because we are limited on offense." In recent games,, the Hawks held Fordham without a basket for a stretch of seven minutes and shut down Richmond for close to eight minutes in the second half.
PAT THE PLAYMAKER: Pat Calathes has seen increased playing time as of late, and has shown the knack for finding the open man. Over the last four games, he's averaged 3.25 assists, with a high of six vs. Richmond. Calathes also tied his season-high with 8 points vs. Richmond, while recording a new career-high in rebounds (6).